Say Goodbye to BRPs: UK Unveils Futuristic eVisas for 2025!

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has announced a significant shift in its immigration documentation system: Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) will be replaced by electronic visas (eVisas) starting from January 1, 2025. This transition marks a significant step toward modernizing the UK’s immigration system, making it more streamlined and user-friendly.

The transition to eVisas will be phased, with BRPs remaining valid until their expiration on December 31, 2024. The Home Office has assured current BRP holders that their status remains valid and that they will be provided with guidance on how to transition to an eVisa before their BRP expires.

BRP holders should ensure their contact information with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is up to date to receive notifications about the transition. Further, individuals should familiarise themselves with the online system and process for eVisas, which will be detailed on the UKVI website. Employers and landlords should also prepare for this change by updating their verification procedures and training staff to use the online checking system.

Access to your eVisa will require the creation of a UKVI account. This account will be linked to physical documents such as your passport. If you are unsure whether you currently have a UKVI account, this can be checked on GOV.UK.

Once your UKVI account has been created, the details of your status will be available to you instantly, such as the type of permission you have been granted, the expiration of your permission and any associated conditions of you stay in the UK. Additionally, you will be able to update your information within you UKVI account.   

Those who currently already hold an eVisa, including those who have been granted status through EUSS (EU Settlement Scheme), are not required to do anything further.

                                                                                                                        Bige Azak on behalf of LF Legal

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